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Thu Apr 12 2018

Jeff Austin Band w/ AJ Ghent Band

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Charleston Pour House

1977 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC, 29412

Jeff Austin
Bluegrass, Americana, Jam, Acoustic, Roots , Electrograss

Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life?s greatest passion.

In 1998, while working at a bar called the Verve in Nederland, Colorado, Austin met Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann, with whom he and Dave Johnston would form the Yonder Mountain String Band.

?My time with Yonder has taught me what is possible,? Austin says. ?It has shown me that if you work hard at it and you believe in it and there?s a part of you that?s meant to do it, it will happen. It?s clichéd, but it?s true.?

It is with this history at his back that Jeff Austin will step out into the spotlight as a solo act. ?My ideal sound is between Phish, My Morning Jacket, and Zac Brown Band.? Austin plans to continue songwriting for his solo project but might be weaving in a bit of mainstream, in the style of his John Scott Sherrill/Shawn Camp co-write ?Fiddlin? Around,? featured on Dierks Bentley?s 2010 bluegrass album Up on the Ridge. ?I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ?okay, after the bridge, it?s going to open up and just go wide.??

Indeed, ?wide? is what Jeff Austin is all about. He wants new and different, complex and interesting. He wants everything the music world has to offer, and he?s willing to work hard to get it.

AJ Ghent
An authentic soulful-funky-indie rock sound howling from the church to the blues-Slide Guitar & Vocally laced.

AJ Ghent [j-ent], constructs a musical sound that can be heard howling from the church to the streets to the clubs. His style can be defined as fresh, nostalgic, electrifying and roots rock, -- fusing blues, funk, rock, and pop, mashing it into a genre he likes to call, NEO BLUES.

The energy and passion which resonates from AJ?s music, from the strum of the guitar and the conviction of the vocals, the pounding rhythm of the drums, to the thought provoking lyrics, is sure to be felt by any crowd. AJ aims to create an unforgettable experience for music lovers, with the hopes of taking them to a musical paradise. A little hip-shaking, finger snapping, head nodding is all you need for this tuneful travel excursion.

He calls James Brown, Prince, and his family heritage as influences. He can be heard picking, sliding and strumming all over those strings, whether it?s one of his custom built 8-string lap steel hybrids or his acoustic resonator.

What is different from most lap steel players is AJ performs standing upright like a guitar player, using his over handed technique to play slide, so that he can dance, and have more mobility during his live shows. AJ was born to fly!

AJ Ghent [J-ent] is a musician hailing from Fort Pierce, Florida and growing up was all about the music. Music has truly been running through his family for generations; such as his great uncle Willie Eason, the creator of the ?Sacred Steel Tradition,? and his grandfather Henry Nelson, the founder of the ?Sacred Steel? rhythmic guitar style. This style is played by many names today, such as Robert Randolph, The Campbell Brothers, and more.

?Forged in the congregational hotbox of the Southern Pentecostal House of God church, sacred steel music is an electrified rhythm, punctuated by sharp blasts of soaring solos, played on amplified lap steel guitar. It's an open tuning, on an eight-stringed instrument, and sometimes it can sound like the roaring, whooping and hollering voice of God himself has joined the gospel fervor.? (reference Connect Savannah, 2013)

So around 12 years old, the young AJ got a hold of something special; "it was one of the first sacred steel CDs, with my father, my grandfather and my great uncle on there. At that point, I became interested in the instrument, and I would listen to that thing until I broke it.? (reference: Connect Savannah August 2013)

After High School, AJ traveled down to the West Palm Beach, FL area with his sister, Tiffany Ghent to explore the city?s range of genres, from hip-hop to R&B, while playing in Top 40 music bands. However, AJ was in search of something more, a style that was uniquely his own.

Something was bubbling?

Fresh with his marriage to his bride MarLa, a singer herself, he set his eyes on Atlanta, GA. When he arrived in Atlanta, AJ took on sideman jobs, studio session work. Not long after, AJ met the legendary Colonel Bruce Hampton who began to mentor him; teaching him what mattered the most; ?time ? tone and space? for all his music and life journeys. AJ was invited to play in Hampton?s band, Pharaoh's Kitchen, which he did for about a year -- and like true Colonel Bruce style, the elder statesman always reminded AJ to be ?true to himself.'

He has had a colorful career thus far playing and opening for such legendary acts like Zac Brown, The Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks, Robert Cray, and Gov?t Mule. He can be heard on various recordings with Zac Brown, Luther Dickinson, and featured on Zac Brown?s 2013 Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 alongside Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters). AJ?s band has had various formations, from a trio to a full-size live band with horns, playing small clubs to mid-large sized festivals and arenas; dazzling audiences everywhere. In 2015, he released a DVD/CD called LIVE AT TERMINAL WEST ? recorded and filmed at the Terminal West venue in the old King Plow factory in Atlanta, GA. This was well-received by fans and critics praising the fearless leader! ?The 11-song album is a relentless, high-energy romp through gospel, soul and funk-infused landscapes, with a couple of cool-down moments just so the audience can catch their collective breath.? (Relix, 2015)

At the age of 31, AJ Ghent [J-ent] knows where his talent comes from and isn?t afraid to explore other sounds. The Neo Blues Project is something different: A musical fusion form that takes art and skill to master, something that AJ Ghent [J-ent] has spent his whole life perfecting. Look, watch and listen for this on March 16, 2018.

8:00PM Doors/9:00PM Show
$15 Advance/$18 Doors

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